The Eagles announced today that they have agreed to terms with safety Quintin Demps on a four-year contract, making him the first rookie from their 2008 draft class to sign with the team.
A three-year starter at Texas El-Paso, Demps was selected with the 18th pick in the fourth-round (117th overall) and could be the eventual successor to safety Brian Dawkins, who will turn 35 years-old this season and is in the final year of his latest contract extension.
At 6-foot, 206-pounds, Demps has good size for his position and after running a time of 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine, he proved that he has speed. While at UTEP, the San Antonio, Texas native earned a reputation as a playmaker in the secondary, and his 17 career interceptions were the most among all players in the 2008 draft class. Demps garnered more attention from pro scouts after a solid senior season, where he returned two of his five interceptions on the year for 100-yard touchdowns and earned first-team All-Conference USA and third-team All-American honors.
After recording 275 tackles in his career with the Miners, Demps should immediately be able to contribute on special teams coverage units in Philadelphia. He could also compete for a job as the team's kick returner, as he finished his career at UTEP with a 22.1-yard return average and a kickoff return touchdown .
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